Rapids Drop First Home Game of 2007 Fall to Houston 3-1

COMMERCE CITY CO (Saturday May 5 2007)- The Colorado Rapids lost for the first time at Dick’s SportingGoodsPark falling 3-1 to the Houston Dynamo tonight.
(To watch video highlights from this match click here).

The Rapids scored the opening goal for the fourth time in their five games in the 5th minute. Roberto Brown picked up a loose ball in the penalty area following a Rapids free kick blast by Greg Vanney and quickly spun and finished for his third goal of the season.

Kyle Beckerman broke down the field in the 33rd minute to lead a three-on-three charge with Brown and Terry Cooke. Beckerman lead Brown on the left and his cross to Cooke was one-timed by the Englishman in a fantastic effort but Pat Onstad was on his near post to stop the shot.

In the 50th minute Cooke blocked a shot from the left side of the Colorado penalty area in a great defensive play. After giving away the ball he slid to deflect the shot.

Brian Ching equalized for Houston in the 55th minute. The Hawaiian slid in front of Bouna Coundoul to redirect a Brad Davis pass into the goal to tie up the match.

Dwayne de Rosario put the visitors up in the 63rd minute. After beating several Rapids defenders the Canadian bent a left-footed shot around the outstretched arms of Coundoul.
In the 65th minute Brown dribbled toward the goal in a dangerous attack for the Rapids but ended up getting a forearm to the face from Houston defender Robinson on the play and being upended; Brown had to leave the game and did not return as a result of the collision.

De Rosario got his second goal of the game and season in the 67th minute. Brian Ching drove down the right flank and crossed a ball that dribbled toward the goal. The Rapids' Pablo Mastroeni dove at the ball with his head on the goalline to try to keep it out of the net and did for a second until de Rosario ran in to score the goal.

The Rapids will next take on their Rocky Mountain Cup rivals RealSaltLake on ESPN2’s Primetime Thursday night match this Thursday May 10 in a 7 p.m. kickoff at Dick’s SportingGoodsPark.
Houston Dynamo at Colorado Rapids
May 5 2007 at Dick' Sporting Goods Park
Colorado Rapids Man of the Match: Roberto Brown

Scoring Summary:
COL – Brown (unassisted) 5

HOU – Ching (Davis) 55

HOU – De Rosario (Clark) 63

HOU – De Rosario (unassisted) 67

Lineups:

Colorado Rapids – Bouna Coundoul Dan Gargan Mike Petke Pablo Mastroeni Greg Vanney Terry Cooke Kyle Beckerman Jovan Kirovski Niko Hernandez (Conor Casey 61) Herculez Gomez Roberto Brown (Nico Colaluca 73)
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton Daniel Wasson Chris Wingert Jose Cancela Omar Cummings

Houston Dynamo – Pat Onstad Richard Mulrooney Ryan Cochrane Eddie Robinson Wade Barrett Brian Mullan Ricardo Clark Dwayne De Rosario Brad Davis (Stuart Holden 90+) Brian Ching Paul Dalglish (Alejandro Moreno 79)

Substitutes Not Used: Zach Wells Kelly Gray Patrick Ianni Craig Waibel Chris Wondolowski

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Beckerman (Caution) 3

HOU – Robinson (Caution) 45+

COL – Mastroeni (Caution) 66

COL – Brown (Caution) 67

COL – Casey (Caution) 90+

HOU – Davis (Caution) 90+

Referee: Andrew Chapin

Referees Assts.: Fabio Tovar; Anthony Vasoli

Fourth Official: Richard Heron

Attendance: 10719